17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
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Jaco
— 2 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
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San Jose
— 3 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos — 4 nights

Set against the backdrop of the imposing Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna de San Carlos offers visitors a chance to explore diverse natural landscapes and sample some delicious local produce.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos travel route planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone changes from Israel Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.
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Tamarindo — 2 nights

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Conchal and then get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura. On the next day, kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Tamarindo online day trip planner.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Monteverde.
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Monteverde — 2 nights

Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: meet the residents at The Bat Jungle, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then get to know the fascinating history of Santa Elena Skywalk, and finally view the masterpieces at Arte Jaguar Gallery.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Jaco.
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Jaco — 2 nights

A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour. On the next day, stroll through Royal Butterflies, then soothe aching muscles at Aurora Yoga, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and finally take in the views from Tarcoles Bridge.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Jaco vacation app.

Drive from Monteverde to Jaco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.
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Manuel Antonio — 2 nights

The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): walk around Parque Nahomi, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally look for gifts at The Captain's Booty.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip planner.

You can drive from Jaco to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to San Jose.
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San Jose — 3 nights

A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Venture out of the city with trips to Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles (in Cartago), Souvenir Museum (in Alajuela) and Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca). The adventure continues: get impressive views of Irazu Volcano National Park, take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense, and capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

For other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the San Jose trip maker.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to San Jose in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in San Jose can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can fly back home.
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Costa Rica travel guide

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Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.
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